JV Mercanti

JV Mercanti most recently directed the critically acclaimed premiere of Songbird at 59E59 Theaters. He is currently the head of acting for the musical theater program at Pace School of Performing Arts. He served as the casting and associate director on the recent Broadway revival of “Romeo and Juliet” with Orlando Bloom. He also cast the Kevin Kline-starring revival of “Cyrano de Bergerac” with Jennifer Garner.

Prior to that, Mercanti spent many years as a casting associate for Roundabout Theatre Company working on numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and West End productions. Most recently, he directed the premiere of “World Famous” at Theater for a New City. Numerous regional and university credits include “Floyd Collins,” “Odile’s Ordeal,” “Icarus,” and The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World,” a play that took place almost entirely in the dark. His MFA is from Rutgers University, and BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

Mercanti spent two years teaching acting and directing at the University of Miami. His monologue book series, “In Performance,” is published by Applause Books.

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